Jonathan Gardner, ‘Sculpture by the Sea’, 2015, Casey Kaplan
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Sculpture by the Sea, 2015

Oil on linen
56 × 38 in
142.2 × 96.5 cm
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New York
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Jonathan Gardner
American, b. 1982
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Chicago-based artist Jonathan Gardner’s highly stylized work joyfully references a wealth of 20th-century painting—from Matisse’s interiors to Magritte’s distinct objects, from Picasso’s bodily geometries to Seurat’s relaxed bathers. Moving between representational, figurative, and Surrealist imagery, his collage-like compositions are united by a spatial flatness. Background line patterns and grids provide the wallpaper for books, furniture, fruit, and body parts. Female nudes are depicted with the same distance as in Fernand Léger’s The Three Women (1921) or with the detached eroticism of Balthus’s girls (as in Gardner’s Loungers and Leaning Pose [2014]). Gardner’s scenes belong to a leisurely world, suggesting the Golden Age as much as they reflect downtime in present-day America.

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Jonathan Gardner
American, b. 1982
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Chicago-based artist Jonathan Gardner’s highly stylized work joyfully references a wealth of 20th-century painting—from Matisse’s interiors to Magritte’s distinct objects, from Picasso’s bodily geometries to Seurat’s relaxed bathers. Moving between representational, figurative, and Surrealist imagery, his collage-like compositions are united by a spatial flatness. Background line patterns and grids provide the wallpaper for books, furniture, fruit, and body parts. Female nudes are depicted with the same distance as in Fernand Léger’s The Three Women (1921) or with the detached eroticism of Balthus’s girls (as in Gardner’s Loungers and Leaning Pose [2014]). Gardner’s scenes belong to a leisurely world, suggesting the Golden Age as much as they reflect downtime in present-day America.

Sculpture by the Sea, 2015

Oil on linen
56 × 38 in
142.2 × 96.5 cm
Sold
Location
New York
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